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Question by  OceanTiara (158)

What could it mean if I have smaller-sized red blood cells?


Answer by  ivonaucla (23)

Red blood cells which are smaller than average in size could mean you have anemia. It could also indicate you have a condition called Thalassemia, which is a disorder found mostly in people from the Mediterranean, northern African, and Asian countries. A third possibility is that you have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency with no anemia.


Answer by  Smallcell (7)

Smaller sized red blood cells are often caused by anemia, specifically the most common cause for it: iron deficiency. If you have iron deficiency the cells should vary in shape. Another cause is Thalassemia, with even shaped small blood cells. Treatment depends on the decease.


Answer by  Hewitt302 (1720)

It could mean you're not taking in as much oxygen as average person does. If you haven't already done research on it, a great way to start is by going to web m.d. Their website has all sorts of reference points you can look up. It would also be a great idea to seek the opinion of a doctor.


Answer by  priya29 (43)

The smaller-sized red blood cells are occuring because of the failure to produce hemoglobin. Smaller-sized red blood cells occurs in many diseases, including iron deficiency anemia, thalassemia, and anemias associated with chronic infection or disease.


Answer by  pls (16)

You might have an iron deficiency if you have smaller-sized red blood cells


Answer by  Riley (765)

Small red blood cells or too few in number mean that the person is anemic. A healthy person has an adequate number and correct sized red blood cells.

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